Religious Components of Gnosticism

Religious Components of Gnosticism Mandaean Sabians Conduct Golden Baptism Ritual

Religious Components of  Gnosticism  Gnosticism encompasses a very wide range of beliefs and is better viewed as a collection of religions sharing some common themes rather than as one specific religion. There are two basic components to beliefs commonly labeled as Gnostic, although the importance of one over the other can vary immensely. The first is gnosis and the second is dualism. GNOSTIC BELIEFS Gnosis is a Greek word for knowledge, and in Gnosticism (and religion in general) it refers to awareness, experience, and knowledge of the presence of God.…

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6 Belief Types Used in the World’s Religions

6 Belief Types Used in the World's ReligionsCollage of religious images (based on existing wiki files) - a larger, higher resolution version of File:Religious collage.jpg

6 Belief Types Used in the World’s Religions There are many religions and spiritual movements in the world. The majority can be grouped into one of six categories based on their fundamental beliefs. This is not to say that they each believe the same thing, but that their belief structure may be similar. From the single god of monotheism religions to the ‘no god’ of atheistic beliefs, in order to understand spiritual beliefs, it’s important to understand how they compare to one another. Examining these six types of belief is…

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DIY ‘Back To The Future’ footwear: Designer creates his own Marty McFly self-lacing shoes using LEGO

DIY 'Back To The Future' footwear: Designer creates his own Marty McFly self-lacing shoes using LEGO

DIY ‘Back To The Future’ footwear: Designer creates his own Marty McFly self-lacing shoes using LEGO A hack using Lego could slash the cost of getting your hands on a pair of ‘Back To The Future’-style self-lacing trainers. Industrial designer Vimal Patel came up with the design in an effort to create a cheaper version of Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0 $720 (£580) trainers. The Lego version uses battery-powered motors to drive a series of cogs that tighten laces – and Mr Patel says anyone can make their own version at home. Scroll down…

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Thousands of Christians expected for rapturous Holy Fire ceremony

Thousands of Christians expected for rapturous Holy Fire ceremony

Thousands of Christians expected for rapturous Holy Fire ceremony Thousands : JERUSALEM (RNS) On Saturday (April 15), thousands of Orthodox Christians will crowd the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to watch the Greek Orthodox patriarch emerge from the structure surrounding Jesus’ tomb with two lit candles. The ceremony, known as Holy Fire, is described by Orthodox Christians as a “miracle” that occurs each year on Holy Saturday, the day preceding Easter. As part of the ceremony, a fire rises from the slab of stone where Jesus’ body was laid after his crucifixion,…

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What happened when the Olympic committee tried to exclude Brazil’s African faiths

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What happened when the Olympic committee tried to exclude Brazil’s African faiths happened Happened : RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) When Mother Fatima Damas discovered her African-Brazilian religious beliefs would not be represented in the interfaith rooms of the Olympic Village, she was so incensed she launched a campaign to overturn the controversial exclusion. “We may not have millions of followers but our faith matters here in our country, and this showed a lack of respect,” said Damas, president of Brazil’s Umbanda Spiritualist Congregation. The International Olympic Committee had chosen only…

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Putin Attacks Free Speech For His Friends at the Orthodox Church

Putin Attacks Free Speech For His Friends at the Orthodox Church

Putin Attacks Free Speech For His Friends at the Orthodox Church The on-going court case of blogger Viktor Krasnov, who wrote “There is no God” on VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook in 2014 highlights the religious turn the country has taken under President Vladimir Putin. Krasnov was taken from his apartment in Stavropol, and forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. During this month long detention, Krasnov was determined fit to stand trial. He charge was “insult[ing] the feelings” of religious believers under a controversial new law implemented by Putin…

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Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes Pope Francis

Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes

Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes Pope Francis Faithful : ROME (RNS) A priest is being asked to take a break from his parish in the small Italian town of Montesilvano after some in his congregation reportedly stormed out of Mass when he openly criticized Pope Francis on Palm Sunday (April 9). Media reports claimed the congregation shouted “Shame, shame!” at the Rev. Edward Pushparaj when he said Pope Francis had only been “bad” for the Catholic Church. Palm Sunday commemorates the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem…

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Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders Denounce Violence In Historic Israeli Palestinian Meeting

Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders

Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders Denounce Violence In Historic Israeli Palestinian Meeting Muslim : Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Sheikh Mahmoud Habbash attended an historic Washington Institute meeting on October 13, 2016, hosted by Israeli President Rivlin that brought Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Muslim Religious Leaders together for the first time. (Jerusalem, October 13) — In the first event of its kind, top Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Muslim religious leaders – including one of Israel’s chief rabbis and the religious affairs advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi…

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VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER

VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER

VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE VATICAN JOIN FORCES FOR ART EXHIBITION. Rome’s Jewish community and the Vatican Museums will be holding a joint art exhibition from May 15 to July 23 in an effort to further improve Catholic-Jewish relations. The exhibit, a first-ever collaboration between the two, will showcase over 100 items, including religious documents, candlesticks, stone tablets from the Jewish catacombs in Rome, sarcophagi, ancient Roman glasses, and paintings. The main focus, however, will be a 2,000-year-old…

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London Jews fundraising to house Syrian refugees

London Jews fundraising to house Syrian refugees

London Jews fundraising to house Syrian refugees South London Liberal Synagogue has already raised £10,000 but need another £40,000 for ‘Abraham’s Tent’ campaign A Streatham shul is asking for £50,000 to help house a family of Syrian refugees in the only example of its kind across the capital. South London Liberal Synagogue launched its ‘Abraham’s Tent’ campaign this weekend, with senior figures from Reform and Liberal Judaism alongside Christian leaders and the chief executive of the Board of Deputies. The shul has already raised almost £10,000 to convert the former…

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